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Mid 19th century
Size: 18.5cm long, 6.5cm wide – 7¼ ins long, 2½ ins wide
8cm long, 3.5cm wide – 3 ins long, 1½ ins wide
Eskimo hunting magic and ritual was performed to insure that whaling would be productive and that the animals would return in future years. In order to insure the propitiation of the whales' spirits each boat or 'umiak' had a number of whaling charms fastened to it, with the flukes clipped as a symbol of their capture. These effigies lashed to the boat and imbued with magical power by a shaman would please the whales' souls and so greatly enhance the hunters chance of success.